Three days in Prague.

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Prague in Czech language means ‘doorstep’. On the 365th day of a happy and gipsy year of our life together, we reached this doorstep.

 

We set out for Charles Bridge first, that evening and passed through Wenceslas Square, which is the main city square in Prague to reach the bridge. This square has all the life and soul of Prague and was just a shout away from our hotel. Also it is a brilliant shopping area.

 

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A rock concert in progress in Wenceslas Square.

 

It felt very festive, alive and vibrant there. There was lot of good cheer and music but we made quick move to Charles Bridge through Old Town.

 

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Way to the Old Town is cobble stoned and with lots of souvenir shops on either side of the road.

 

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The old town bridge tower and the crowd exiting the Charles Bridge through it. The tower is accessible to public for city views. This would also give a good view of the bridge itself.  There is another similar tower on the other end of the bridge.

 

Charles Bridge is, perhaps, the most important attraction of Prague.  It is a fully pedestrian 14th century stone bridge. The bridge actually is a giant magnet with strong affinity to people and there is never a time or a spot on it where you wouldn’t find people.

I assume the bridge must be a lovely place to watch a sunset but we had missed it today. By the time we were on the bridge, the sun was down and lights were up but the crowd stayed as dense as it could.

 

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Prague Castle from Charles Bridge

 

 

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With some walking and clever angles of lens you do manage to get yourself pictures sans too many people in it. Like this one.

 

 

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And this one.

 

 

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There are several bridges spanning across the slow moving Vltava river

 

As with any other old city, Prague abounds with legends surrounding its important landmarks. They say rubbing the foot of St. John Nepomuk’s statue brings good luck. Only thing you have to spot him amid 30 odd neighbours. No harm in trying though.

Another legend claims of a certain brass cross on the bridge that can grant you a wish.*

*Conditions apply.

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Replicas of several statues stand on Charles Bridge overlooking a constant stream of visitors

 

The condition is that you can make only one wish in your lifetime! I know that’s a tough one therefore I’ve left it for some other time 🙂

 

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Yeah, it gets pretty crowded on Charles Bridge, never mind the time of the day

 

The bridge has it all – performers, vendors, artists, pick pockets, amorous couples, families and lots of solo souls.

 

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Us :)

 

Except for the crowd it was really lovely to be there. The music was mixing in the crowd, night already bright under this part of the sky was made brighter by a beautiful moon. And moon light sparkled beautifully on the gentle waves of Vltava.

 

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Van Gogh, are you looking at this from up there?

 

 

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Towards the exit to the old town, some places do really look like a stage has been put up.

 

 

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In short: Don’t miss the Charles Bridge

 

 

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My pictures may be blurred. But memories are not. Love this one :)

 

You can easily spend upto an hour and a half on Charles Bridge. Do see it in early hours as well as at and after sunset. There is no fee plus you get to make a wish. A good deal, right ?

We moved to back to the Old Town from Charles Bridge in search of an Indian restaurant. Here is a tip while in Prague, it would really help if you are good at reading maps and take a look at directions before starting as some places in old town are maze like and the names are…well they are in Czech, so not so easy to remember and pronounce.

 

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Gothic Old town of Prague

 

Old town square has all the relics of old world, the spires, the astronomical clock, cobbled stone paths, horse driven carts! Even this part of the city gets densely crowded and is easy to get lost into.

 

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Tyn Church in Old Town Square

 

 

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Spotted in Old Town Square

 

The Astronomical Clock is another important icon of Prague.

 

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The Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square. Dates back to 1410. Still works.

 

 

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My man in black in the old town.

 

After treading some dark and some not-so-dark alleyways we finally found  the ‘ Indian Jewel’! It’s the name of an Indian restaurant in the heart of Old Town Prague. It’s a lovely place, ambience , food and people – all are good. I highly recommend it to Prague visitors. If it is of any help, Anthony Hopkins dined here.

 

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At the ‘Indian Jewel’.

 

 

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  1. hi minks beauuuuutiful photos.sun or moon all are with u celebrating ur DAY.well articulated travelogue.keep it up dear.may god bless u.